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Cate Blanchett & Nicole Kidman: Why has somebody not cast them together yet?

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    Remember when everyone was losing their minds in 1995 about Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro going head to head in Heat? Sharing scenes for the first time.

    Blanchett and Kidman in a movie, head to head, is the closest thing you are going to get to replicating that sense of excitement and buzz for female performers today from film fans and acting fans. With the right filmmaker, it feels like it could be an event.

    Particularly since they are the same generation. Meryl Streep with any combination of Jessica Lange/Glenn Close in their prime years would have done something similar. But it needs to be in the right film. Streep and Close co-starred in some basic ensemble called The House Of Spirts, and wasted a potentially legendary acting two-hander.

    Blanchett and Kidman have peaked at exactly the same time in their careers. They carry a similar stature. Kidman spent 2017 winning awards pretty much every month of the year for all her work. And she was given an Anniversay award by the Cannes Film Festival (presumably for being Nicole Kidman).

    Blanchett was just named the next President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury. So Cannes really seems to like both of them.

    Their acting styles are similar, yet also at odds. Blanchett is fire. Kidman is ice. Both can do the other if neccesary, but that’s generally how I see them.

    Both Australian. Both around the same age. Both with a case or being the best of their generation. One would think Todd Haynes (or someone well versed in directing films with female protagonists) would be chomping at the bit to get this done.

    So yeah, a female equivalent to Heat with Blanchett and Kidman would be nice. Make it happen Hollywood.

    Has anyone got any suggestions for a director or genre to get these Aussie powerhouses to combine forces?

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    Kidman’s style is not adversarial. Blanchett should have a camp off with Streep.

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    It hasn’t happened because Blanchett and Kidman are kind and generous and don’t want me to hyperventilate to death.

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    Kidman’s style is not adversarial. Blanchett should have a camp off with Streep.

    Ouch! LOL!

    I prefer Kidman too, but you can’t really deny Blanchett’s stature.

    And you may be right….Blanchett would probably approach whatever role it is with hi-octane camp (which apparently appeals to many people, considering how succesful she is).

    But Kidman could probably just steal the movie with a finely judged and measured performance, which is her stock in trade.

    Look at Heat. Pacino was hyperventilating and screeching like a mad man to “steal scenes”, while DeNiro comfortably outacted him with a more nuanced and measured performance.

    The contrast would be the point of this excercise. I’d pay good money to watch it.

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    I’m not sure about this pairing… One would be commanding the wind, the other would be whispering… I have been always regretting Nicole wasn’t cast opposite Cammy in The Other Woman. She’d be so much better than Leslie Mann. Such a shame.

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    George Papakostas
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    Cate Blanchett is supposed to be Lucille Ball in an Aaron Sorkin script with the blessings of Ball´s family some time soon (within the next 3 years probably)…so Oscar number three is coming up.

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    This is an acting masterclass I’d pay to see. But as someone pointed out, a face off between Cate and Meryl would be more eventful

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    This is an acting masterclass I’d pay to see. But as someone pointed out, a face off between Cate and Meryl would be more eventful

    I’m not sure Streep and Blanchett would actually gel that well, as they are inherently similar performers imho. Both go “big” as often as they can. It may end up like watching two people just trying to chew scenery off each other.

    Kidman doesn’t go big unless she has to, or the character really calls for it. It’s not her default setting like it is with Streep and Blanchett.

    I think it’ll be a more interesting contrast, as Kidman’s more nuanced approach is stylistically different to what Blanchett usually does.

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    It needs to be an Australian film, preferably with an Australian female director. Blanchett came into prominence with Oscar & Lucinda, directed by Gillian Armstrong, and she is the only female director that Blanchett has ever worked with. Kidman just did China Girl with Jane Campion. Either director would be fine.

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    It needs to be an Australian film, preferably with an Australian female director. Blanchett came into prominence with Oscar & Lucinda, directed by Gillian Armstrong, and she is the only female director that Blanchett has ever worked with. Kidman just did China Girl with Jane Campion. Either director would be fine.

    As an Australian, I am so down for that!!!

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    Alberto Dlano-Cox
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    I think the Nº1 reason these two have never shared screen, other than simply never coinciding,  is the challenge of getting any female-led project off the ground until now. Even as an indie or non-US production. And it’s not just the budget (I’m pretty much sure the Australian Film Commission would just pick up the whole tab to get Cate and Nicole together), distributors still lack faith on female-led projects, even with two icons like them at the lead. Still, it’s either a matter of time or simply of orbits that will never meet

     

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